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Food & Farms- Kane County
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Jul 252016

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Kane County was announced as one of five finalists to compete for a $500,000 prize through the Food to Market Challenge. Kane County submitted a proposal to the Challenge that was conceived during a feasibility study to bring a Food Hub to Kane County, as part of the Growing for Kane program.

This grant competition is sponsored by the Chicago Community Trust and the Kinship Foundation with the goal of developing an innovative solution to address barriers limiting the supply of local and sustainable food in the Chicago region. Kane County is joined in this nomination by New Venture Advisors LLC, Kane County’s consultant and partner in the food hub project. New Venture Advisors is a business consulting team that specializes in the development of sustainable food systems and food businesses. The Kane County food hub project is one of more than 50 food system projects the firm has led across the country.

If launched in Kane County, a Food Hub will encourage more locally grown fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat to be produced in Kane County, a goal of the Growing for Kane program approved by the Kane County Board in 2013. A Food Hub aggregates locally grown food from farmers and distributes the product to schools, hospitals, institutions, grocers, and other wholesale buyers.

Kane County Farm Bureau Manager, Steve Arnold, expressed his support and enthusiasm. “The Kane County Farm Bureau has worked side-by-side with Kane County in its Growing for Kane program and its landmark Farmland Protection program. If a food hub is constructed it will encourage local farmers and serve our residents with farm fresh food, this is a win for our residents.”

The public–private partnership between Kane County and New Venture Advisors is in itself innovative in the food system planning arena. The team was selected to present their collaborative work at the American Planning Association National Conference in April 2016.

In October 2016, Kane County and New Venture Advisors will pitch their full proposal before a panel of judges in their attempt to win the $500,000 award.  This team is pursuing groundbreaking and practical ideas for bringing healthy, local food to the consumer faster, and looks forward to pitching their concept in October along with an esteemed group of competitors.

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6/1/2016 Food Preservation Workshop Sponsored by The Just Food Initiative

The Just Food Initiative of the Fox Valley will be sponsoring a free hands-on demonstration for community members. The event will showcase food freezing and dehydrating techniques presented by John and Char Johnson-Dunlop, who will be sharing their years of experience preserving foods. Attendees will receive special discounts on freezing and dehydrating supplies. Attendance is […]

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4/14/2016 Four Seasons Gardening Program

The spring series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production, gets underway in April. In the first session, Extension Specialist David Robson will share water conservation tips and techniques, as well as information about the latest in watering equipment. Water can be […]

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The Kane County Planning Cooperative hosted a beekeeping town hall meeting on February 11th to discuss the county’s role in supporting healthy bee populations and working with the region’s community of beekeepers. The meeting was organized in part as a response to isolated incidents of swarming on residential properties. Kane County staff highlighted some of […]

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